When Moonlight won the Academy Award for best picture in February, it was the first time in the 89 year history of the awards that a queer-themed film had claimed that honor. Can history repeat itself in 2018? It could be a gay old time at the Oscars again next year with a quartet of narrative films and an important documentary with LGBTQ story lines or characters being touted as award season contenders.
Call Me By Your Name, based on the popular novel, is the latest from acclaimed director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) and was rapturously greeted when it premiered at Sundance in January. The film chronicles a brief summer romance in Northern Italy between a 17-year-old boy (Timothée Chalamet, in a breakout performance) and a 24-year-old American (Armie Hammer). Release date: November 24
Watch a clip from the film below.
God’s Own Country, was also warmly received in Sundance last winter and has been a hit on the queer festival circuit, drawing favorable comparison to Brokeback Mountain. The British drama follows a sheep farmer who’s forced to deal with emotions he’s never felt before due to the arrival of a sexy migrant worker. Release date: Not set but expected to be this fall
Check out the trailer below.
Battle of the Sexes retells the story behind the legendary 1973 tennis match between not-yet-out champ Billie Jean King (recent Oscar-winner Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). The match was the most watched televised sporting event and the comedy-drama from Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris is sure to garner awards notice. Release date: September 22
Watch the trailer below.
Wonderstruck, an adaptation of Brian Selznick’s best-seller that offered parallel tales of a young deaf girl in the 1920s and a runaway boy in the 1970s, is the latest for Todd Haynes. The queer auteur has been criminally neglected for his past works such as Carol and Far From Heaven, and working with Oscar darlings Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams can only help his chances. Release date: October 20
Take a look at the trailer below.
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson is a non-fiction look at the murder of the famed transgender activist, who first made her mark during the Stonewall riots, and is the follow-up to David France’s Oscar-nommed How to Survive a Plague. Release date: TBD.
Watch a clip from the doc below.